Paul Ryan leads bumbling critique of Obamacare

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Every time you hear Paul Ryan speak you’re reminded that there is a very slim chance that the man is genuinely interested in pursuing whatever goal he is discussing, and that there’s a very good chance that he’s  interested pursuing higher office. The most clear symptom would be his tendency to make contradictory statements, which is practically required of any American politician who gets beyond regional success.

Here is Ryan back in May on Obama’s health care plan:

“The way I see it it’s kind of like my daughter’s lemonade stand competing against McDonald’s. It’s having the referee, the government, also be a player in the same game, and actuarially speaking, it’s almost impossible to make that a fair game.”

Silly president, trying to compete with private insurers, what a waste of time and money! Now here’s Ryan’s most recent statement on his website:

“With the public plan, it is literally impossible for the private sector to fairly compete against it. The private sector has to pay taxes. The private sector has to account for its employees and benefits. The private sector pays whatever rates it negotiates with providers. The public plan dictates payments lower than what the private sector can get, doesn’t pay taxes, and literally doesn’t have to account for its payroll and benefit costs. It is a stacked deck.”

Poor insurance companies, the government’s playing on steroids!

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